ERs are overwhelmed as omicron continues to flood them with patients

Posted on AllSides January 14th, 2022
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The omicron surge is jamming up hospital emergency rooms with patients who are waiting long hours or even days to get a bed.

"We are being absolutely crushed," says Dr. Gabor Kelen, chair of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland.

Nationwide, daily COVID-19 hospitalizations are up about 33% this week from the week before and more than 155,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, well above the record set last winter.

But these numbers can't capture the pressure on emergency rooms. Before those patients land in...

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